Sigirya dominated the landscape. A two-hundred metre high rock, jutting up from the flat landscape like a fist. More than just a stone monument, a climb to the top reveals a stunning revelation – the ruins of an ancient kingdom remain on the summit.Read more
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania’s bustling capital, was a place I didn’t care to stay long in. The drive in was a gridlock of beeping horns and clouds of exhaust fumes. Trucks with colourful stickers and cabin decorations, battered cars with cracked windscreens and huge luxury 4WDs and black taxis.Read more
It only took us about four days to pass through Zambia. What was originally just a transit through ended up being awesome fun.Read more
We arrived in Livingstone just before dusk. The streets basked in the orange glow of the setting sun. We began inspecting the myriad of tourist campsites in the town; this was by far the most tourist-filled place we had seen in Africa so far.Read more
Our headlights were illuminating the tall, wooden, arched gate. ‘Welcome to Chobe national park’. Through those gates were elephants. Further beyond that was the border to Zambia. But we were in a pickle; we could go no further. It was dusk and the park was closing. The game lodge we wanted to spend the night in was still about three hours away, and the guards wouldn’t let us drive at night. What’s more, there were no hotels for many hours back the other way.Read more
Southern Namibia was so vast and empty, it felt like we were driving across the moon. The arrow-straight gravel highway touched the horizon with a pinprick, and the sky was a vast pastel blue, which seemed a hundred times larger than usual. We felt extra excited now; our uncle Jan in Cape Town, the nearest person who might bail us out of a crisis, was now in another country, adding an element of independence to our road trip.Read more
Everything was dark when we got up in Cape Town. The cloudy night sky was smudged with black ink. Our car was waiting in the driveway, packed and ready to go. It had been raining last night, and the clean white paint was beaded with glistening droplets of water.Read more
A road trip through Africa first seemed possible to us after watching Long Way Down, a travel documentary by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. They embarked on an epic motorcycle journey from the northernmost tip of Scotland, south through the UK, France and Italy, crossing into Tunisia by ferry. From Tunisia, they continued riding south through the entirety of Africa, ending in Cape Town after three months on the road. It looked like the perfect adventure, and we wanted to emulate exactly that!Read more
I love seeing landscapes that seem not from this planet. The colours, the landforms, sometimes just the absence of people. That’s one of my favourite things about travelling. Myvatn is one such place, completely alien, and absolutely a must-see.
Iceland is kind of a circle shape – and if you imagine it is a giant clock – we were driving somewhere around the 5 o’clock point. We were just a grain of sand sandwiched between two giants, the Atlantic sea and Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier.